Barnsley manager Gerhard Struber has revealed that defender Mads Andersen will be rested for his side’s trip to Craven Cottage to face Fulham on Saturday afternoon, while midfielder Marcel Ritzmaier and goalkeeper Sami Radlinger will miss out once more through injury.
Andersen, who has made 29 league appearances for Barnsley this season, has come in for some criticism recently, following a string of costly errors that haven’t helped his side as they battle to stay in the Championship this season.
That is something that appears to have been noticed by Struber, with the Austrian confirming in his pre-match press conference – via BBC Sheffield reporter Andy Giddings – ahead of that clash with Scott Parker’s promotion-chasers that Andersen will not feature at the weekend in order to give him a break.
As well as Andersen, Struber revealed his side will also yet again be without Radlinger and Ritzmaier due to injury when they take to the field at Craven Cottage.
Radlinger has missed the Tykes’ last two games due to a muscle problem, while January signing Ritzmaier has not featured in any of his club’s last four games due to a knee injury, and both will once again be absent on Saturday.
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Barnsley go into that match with Fulham bottom of the Championship table, nine points adrift of safety having not won any of their last six games in all competitions.
This seems like it will have been a difficult call for Struber to make with regards to Andersen.
Usually, with the Dane struggling for form and confidence right now, it would look like a smart decision to take him out of the limelight for the time being, to prevent some of the risk of any more costly errors taking place.
However, the Tykes are rather short of numbers at the back at the minute, so it is hard to know who Struber will be able to turn to to replace Andersen, potentially leaving them vulnerable at the back anyway.
The continued absence of Ritzmaier and Radlinger will also be frustrating, as the Tykes will surely want a fully fit squad as soon as possible, in order to give them the best possible chance of survival.